Nintendo's Pikmin games feature a micro-sized spaceman with the ability to command an army of multicolored plant people, each with special skills and an unearthly devotion to your will.

Nintendo's Pikmin games feature a micro-sized spaceman with the ability to command an army of multicolored plant people, each with special skills and an unearthly devotion to your will.

Little King's Story, a new Wii title with a very Japanese feel, follows many of the same conventions of that Nintendo classic. Only this time, the cute spaceman is replaced by a young man who dons a magical crown and has to build his nation from nothing. For the project, he employs an army of medieval fantasy figures very like those aforementioned plant people.

You'll see similar controller-minion gameplay features in other games, but there's something very endearing about controlling the cute little characters in this game.

The real-time-strategy-meets-RPG elements also make the game feel a bit like "My First RTS" for the younger crowds who have yet to discover the joys of Starcraft or Command & Conquer.

The crown-wearing protagonist can approach anyone and give them basic orders, which they cannot disobey. After establishing a quaint fantasy kingdom from nothing, the main character, Corobo, issues a challenge to his followers to make his kingdom the greatest in the world.

The story has some subtle, dark overtones if you spend any real time considering it. Corobo conquers his neighboring kingdoms and acquires six princesses, then has to save his kingdom from tremors and earthquakes of an unknown origin. The whole game has a fairytale feel.

Using the Wii Remote to command followers to build, collect or fight is pretty straightforward. The game is simple to learn and the strategy elements are rudimentary enough that players of any age should find it simple to grasp.

However, the lack of a pointer to direct your minions makes commanding them a bit awkward. In fact, Little King's Story feels a lot like an innovative GameCube game since it fails to take advantage of the Wii's greatest strength - the Wii Remote pointer. Instead, players will spend some time fighting with the game to get followers to execute tasks.

Control issues aside, Little King's Story is a fun game to play and is suitable for gamers at all age levels. The game has an adorable visual design and features a fun and entertaining plot, so players who can accept the oddity of a Wii title with no Wii-centric control will likely find this one worth owning.

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